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Evening Update 22 May

Demo - In Nice, around 1,500 public service workers demonstrated against government reforms on Place Masséna this morning. It was part of a national demonstration against President Macrons pledge to reduce public spending, trim jobs and overhaul large parts of the French state.

In a rare show of unity, that hasn’t been seen in a decade, over nine unions backed today’s strike action which included schools, postal services, and air traffic controllers. However, air traffic has only been minorly affected with 90% of flights running as normal. However, there are cancellations of flights this evening to Frankfurt, Paris Orly, London, Strasbourg and Dublin.

Tomorrow, train drivers will continue one of their longest strikes, with another two day walkout, affecting rail services tomorrow Wednesday, and Thursday.

Safety - Following recent shoot-outs in Marseilles and Nice, President Marcon has promised a plan of mobilization against drug trafficking in French cities. He described the trafficking as a ‘gangrene that is infecting cities’ and that he put his plan in place by July.

Escape - Prison authorities have moved an 18 year old female from Nice L’Ariane into solitary confinement after discovering she had been planning an escape. A search of her cell revealed a mobile phone plus the route of of medicial vehicle with hours and a list of names.

BUSINESS

The New York Stock Exchange has appointed its first female leader more than two centuries after it was established. Stacey Cunningham will take over the leadership role from her current position of chief operating officer. Her appointment means that both NYSE and the technology-focused Nasdaq exchanges, will both be run by women.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is to be grilled by EU law makers around 6.30 this evening, over concerns on how Facebook handles it’s users' data. The session will be streamed live on the EU’s website.

BP has delayed work on one of its North Sea oil fields, which it co-owns with the Iranian Oil Company while it seeks clarity over US sanctions on Iran. Both firms said they remained committed to the deal, which is due to be completed in the second half of this year.

Tesla boss Elon Musk has admitted there is a braking issue in its Model 3 cars but promised a firmware update to fix it in the next few days. Tesla had at first disputed the findings.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Five races in, and many are saying that Formula 1 is coming home to Monaco this weekend. The Principality, which for half a century has been synonymous with Formula 1, literally is home to some of the drivers including champions Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton who just posted online; "Monaco is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I  still can't believe I'm lucky enough to live here."

At the moment all the teams are here and getting set up for the world famous Monaco Grand Prix, which kicks off with practice sessions on Thursday.

Football - It was finally made official today, OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre is moving to Borussia Dortmond, where his job will be to move the team from fourth in the Bundesliga to contenders for the national title. At a press conference today he paid tribute to the teams fans, saying they are the true soul of the club and that they have never let the team down.

Basketball - Monaco have come first in the French league with 25 wins for nine losses and a 51% success rate for shots on the basket. It tops a hugely successful season for the Roca Boys who also made it to the quarter finals of the European Cup in Athens.

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